What to bring to uni

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7 essentials to pack now

  • Bedding - two sets. Consider how often you'll need to wash your bedding
  • Crockery and cutlery – only bring a couple of plates, mugs and sets of knives and forks
  • Pans – most basic sets will include a small and large saucepan and a frying pan. You may want to consider a wok too
  • Toilet roll - when you need to go, you need to go!
  • Cleaning products – washing up liquid, laundry detergent, kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner
  • Enough money in reserve so you could get by, even if your Student Loan is late
  • Basic first aid kit along with remedies for Freshers' Flu, such as Paracetamol and Berocca and don't forget any medication that you are prescribed, at least a month's supply!

Staff at the Students Union, Cardiff


Bring something to eat for the first night, as well as coffee and tea. Fridge space is likely to be limited, so bring enough fresh food to last you the first few days.

Plan a trip to the local supermarket (or arrange a delivery online) once you're settled - all our campuses have at least one supermarket nearby. 

Bring a small box of store-cupboard staples like pasta, dried noodles, tuna and tinned tomatoes and dried herbs.



A laptop and printer will come in useful while you study, as will a few extension leads. You might want to bring a TV (don't forget to get a TV license) and DVD player as well as some way of playing music, for your room.

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Don’t bother with…

  • A microwave, kettle or toaster. Kitchens come equipped with these and we don’t recommend one in your bedroom

  • Mini fridge. All rooms in halls have a personal fridge in each room. They aren't huge, but there's enough to store your milk and a few fresh items  

  • Text books. It's often better to buy textbooks when you arrive as you may be able to get them second hand

  • Candles - they're not allowed!

  • Pets! Pets are not allowed in student halls, and most tenancy agreements with private landlords also prohibit the keeping of pets